Amazon Labor Union withdraws plans to hold election in California’s Inland Empire

On October 21, the Amazon Labor Union (ALU) withdrew its petition to hold a union vote at Amazon’s ONT8 fulfillment center in Moreno Valley, California. There has been no official statement as to why the ALU withdrew its petition and plans to resubmit the election petition are already underway.

A request for a ballot was filed on October 12, and the National Labor Relations Board confirmed that there was sufficient interest to hold a union ballot based on the 800 signatures the ALU provided.

Christian Smalls, right, Amazon union president, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), left, at a rally outside Amazon’s Staten Island, New York, site, Sunday, April 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The recall came just three days after Amazon workers at the ALB1 facility in Albany, New York voted decisively against teaming up with ALU. The vote follows another failed attempt to unionize at the LDJ5 facility in Staten Island, New York, in May of this year. Polling statistics from ALB1 and LDJ5 all showed against union ratification, with large majorities in each facility showing no interest in voting.

Despite the wide margin of defeat, workers continue to petition for unions at the notoriously exploitative logistics giant and stage regular protests at facilities around the world. For example, the 800 signatures collected at the ONT8 facility in Moreno Valley, California represent a third of the workforce employed there.

Amazon workers are outraged by wage increases that do not keep pace with inflation and a complete disregard for safety considerations related to COVID and inclement weather. This year’s heat waves have led to untold suffering as workers have collapsed on the job and other incidents have killed and hospitalized workers in recent months. Workers at the nearby Amazon KSBD air hub in the Inland Empire have frequently walked out over demands for better pay and breaks to cope with the heat.


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